Leander Van Gijsegem
Leander Van Gijsegem took his first singing class with his mother, Belgian soprano Diane Verdoodt.
After receiving his master’s degree in English Linguistics and literature in 2013, he enrolled in the Royal conservatory in Ghent for classical singing with French bass-baritone Marcos Pujol. In addition, he is taking classes with the Belgian tenor Ludwig Van Gijsegem and the Dutch tenor Marcel Reijans.
Leander Van Gijsegem has an ecclectic repertoire, and has played – amongst others – the following roles:
Aeneas (Henry Purcell – Dido & Aeneas), Guido Contini (Maury Yeston – Nine), Testo and Tancredi (Claudio Monteverdi – Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda), Soldato I (Claudio Monteverdi – L’incoronazione die Poppea), L’Arithmétique and La Théière (M. Ravel – L’enfant et les sortilèges), Hans (Leon Jessel – Schwarzwaldmädel), Brissac (Louis Varney – Les mousquetaires au couvent), Robert (Henri Christiné – Dédé), Abraham (Benjamin Britten – Abraham & Isaac), Don Chisciotte (Francesco Conti – Don Chisciotte in Sierra Morena), Il Contino Belfiore (W.A. Mozart – La finta Giardiniera), Eisenstein (Johann Strauss – Die Fledermaus) , Le Pêcheur (Igor Stravinsky – Le Rossignol) and Tamino (W.A. Mozart – Die Zauberflöte)
In the previous years, Leander could be heard as soloist in Mozart’s Requiem, as well as in several of his masses, the Vespro della Beata Vergine by Monteverdi, Telemann’s Lukas-Passion 1744, Bach’s entire Weihnachtsoratorium as well as his Johannes- and Matthaüs-Passion.
His passion for storytelling comes to full bloom in staged roles, as well as in the narrative oratorio repertoire.
Over the last few years, Leander has joined amongst others Ensemble Ex Tempore (Florian Heyerick), Les Goût Authenthiques (Jan Devlieger), the Vlaams Radiokoor (Bart Van Reyn) and Pandora².